Paintball is a game that requires players to shoot opponents with paintballs in order to eliminate them from the game. It is usually played outdoors and involves hiding and running, seeking cover, strategy, and tactics, capturing territory or objects of interest for one’s team while attempting to avoid being hit by projectiles from an opponent.
Since its invention in 1981-1982, the sport has been mostly seen as a hobby or recreational activity, but it can also be considered a combat sport which comes with some risks not often associated with most other sports. Despite these risks, however, paintball still remains popular among many people around the world who enjoy the rush it provides when they are engaged in this intense yet fun activity. Paintball equipment plays a vital role in ensuring that players have a good experience, and below we will take a look at four essential pieces of gear that all paintball players should have.
1. The Mask
The next piece of equipment that is essential for all paintball players is the mask. When using a paintball mask, the player’s eyes and face are protected from being hit by paintballs, and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. There are three main types of masks that are available on the market- the traditional half-mask, the goggle mask, and the full-face mask.
Half-mask masks offer the most protection, but they can also be less comfortable to wear than other masks. They provide good protection for players’ eyes, nose, and mouth and are perfect for those who want to play in colder environments.
Goggle masks are the most popular type of mask, and they provide good protection for players’ eyes, nose, and mouth. They are also comfortable to wear, and many have thermal lenses to help protect players from the sun and wind.
Full-face masks offer the most protection and are perfect for those who want to play in more intense or aggressive environments. They protect players’ eyes, nose, mouth, and ears and are perfect for those who want to avoid getting hit by paintballs.
2. The Paintball Marker/Gun
The first piece of equipment that we will take a look at is the paintball marker, and this piece of gear refers to the gun that players use in order to shoot opponents. There are several types and styles of markers on the market, but they can be generally categorized as either mechanical or electronic. With each type having its own specific advantages and disadvantages which you should consider when purchasing one. Let’s review them below.
Different Types of Paintball Markers:
Mechanical markers are generally less expensive than electronic markers, and they also require less maintenance. They have a good rate of fire and fire using a spring-loaded system. They shoot fast enough, but they can be less accurate than electronic markers, and they also have a higher chance of jamming. The major drawback that comes with these markers is that the velocity or speed at which the paintball is shot is usually lower than with electronic markers.
Electronic markers are more expensive than mechanical ones, but they are more accurate and have a lower chance of jamming. They also shoot slower than mechanical markers, but this is often seen as an advantage by many players because it gives them more time to aim and take down opponents.
Players need to wear clothing that will protect them from being hit by paintballs, and this usually means wearing long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. It is also a good idea to wear gloves and closed-toe shoes when playing paintball.
4. Protective Vests
Yes, you wear this on your body, but it is an addition to clothing. Protective vests are available in different sizes, and they usually protect the chest, back, arms, and shoulders. They can be worn without clothing or underneath your clothing and will suck up any paintball that hits it. This means fewer bruises and pain after playing.
Paintball is a game that many people play for fun, but it can also be used as an effective training tool. If you are new to paintball or want to up your game, make sure you have the right equipment before heading out onto the field. A good mask and clothing will protect players from being hit by paintballs, while gloves will help them get a better grip on their marker gun. Some of these pieces of gear may seem like a no-brainer (pun intended) but they really do matter when playing this intense sport!